Born in Kyoto, Japan but brought up in Glasgow, Scotland, Stephen moved with his family back to Japan when he was eleven. Returning to Japan and enrolling in Japanese elementary school without any Japanese ability was not easy.
When the tsunami hit on March 11, Stephen was in the process of looking for jobs after having graduated Osaka University of Foreign Languages. God opened up the way for him to come up to Tohoku in May 2011. Working with Samaritan’s Purse, a non-profit disaster relief organization, for a year and a half, Stephen helped coordinate the mudding and renovating of over 190 houses, and worked with thousands of volunteers and staff who each had a fierce passion to serve God and to reach out to people hurting no matter what the cost.
Through these experiences, Stephen has witnessed and experienced God’s love in action and so have the people of Ishinomaki. He joined Ishinomaki Christian Center as field director in December 2012. His role as field director includes overseeing the new Ishinomaki Christian Center construction, facilitating the growth of a newly birthed Christian network, and supporting the ICC team in projects such as volunteer coordination. He hopes to see the continuation of God’s work here within and through ICC.